Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Dr. Dew 2003

More flickr play. This is my work horse. My trusty commuter that takes me to and from work all year round.

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Blogger steve said...

Nice bike, but... no front fender on a commuter?! :-)

5:03 pm  
Blogger Johan Mörén said...

Hehe, no and the rear one is not really adequate. I have had a hard time to find really good, and GOOD LOOKING fenders here in Stockholm. I usually ride fenderless come rain, come snow and put on waterproof clothes instead.

I got the one on the back wheel to protect Mimmi when she sits in the child seat.

6:43 pm  
Blogger steve said...

"Good looking" on a commuter bike? Sounds like heresy to me! :-)

Here's what I did on mine:

* Cheap rack
* Clip-on fenders (I only use the front one as I don't have enough clearance on the rear)
* Rear deflector shield - this catches most of the spray on the rear
* Forward deflector shield - keeps the drive train relatively clean
* A clip-on fender that's no longer sold that goes on the rear to capture anything the rear deflector shield misses.

You can see the layout at http://www.fop.ns.ca/postride.jpg. MEC will ship worldwide, but you should be able to find most of the stuff (or equivalents thereof) online in Europe.

8:03 pm  
Blogger Johan Mörén said...

when it comes to the Dr. Dew, there is a lot of vanity included. I fell in love with the picture of it. A friend of mine at work sent me a picture of it in the summer of 2003, and told me he had just bought one. As soon as layed my eyes upon it i knew i would be a proud owner of one when the wallet permitted it.

Putting fenders on it felt a bit like hooking a trailer to your Corvette Stingray.

I have seen some nice SKS full-cover fenders that fit the bike real nicely when riding with 700x23 tires. They are also easy to remove and mount so I'll probably buy a pair of those this summer to be able to go on rainy club rides without recieving looks that kills from my fellow riders.

8:30 pm  
Blogger steve said...

Well, I have to admit - your bike's a lot better looking than mine! Mine has bits held on with cable ties and duct tape, touch-ups done with black nail polish, reflective stickers all over, cables held together with baling wire, and is generally not an object of beauty... Perhaps it might be worth keeping an eye out for a second-hand bike to use as a beater for bad weather?

8:37 pm  

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